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NICHE this Week: 5 Things You Need to Know

As you kick off the week, here are five things making news in the cannabis industry:

  • Health Canada has announced a $600,000 micro-grant fund to support community-led education efforts to inform the public about the health facts of cannabis use and vaping.

  • The Ontario College of Pharmacists has made cannabis education mandatory in the wake of legalization and in anticipation of legal edibles set to arrive this fall. As the Star reports, the regulatory body has told its members they have until March 27, 2020 to complete an accredited course that could help them address what has been a hazy landscape when it comes to patient information.

  • Last week, the AGLC said an improving supply of cannabis allowed them to begin issuing 26 more retail licences, bringing the number of Alberta retailers to 101. But, as the Sun reports, an estimated 600 prospective retailers are still stuck in limbo.

  • ICMYI: O'Cannabiz announced the winners of the 2019 O'Cannabiz Industry Awards this week. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

  • Food for Thought: A group of alcohol and cannabis companies have formed an industry alliance to push for changes to proposed rules governing cannabis-infused beverages, including the ability to produce products in the same facilities where non-cannabis beverages are made. As CTV reports, the additional cost of establishing separate manufacturing and processing facilities is a "significant barrier to entry," particularly for small and mid-sized producers,